The misuse of Black images: ‘Writing’ wrongs and the power of the pen

 

PETERSBURG — We live in a time where issues of social justice, inequity, and systemic racism are the subject of many conversations, conferences and “community Zooms.” At the time of this writing, there have been 45 consecutive days of protest and demonstration in the City of St. Petersburg.

 

On Aug. 3, 1857, African-American social reformer, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass gave a speech in New York. In this speech, he made what would become one of his most quoted statements: “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

 

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